Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having prestige; esteemed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Practising legerdemain; juggling; deluding.
  • Performed by prestidigitation; illusory; deceptive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Practicing tricks; juggling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of high prestige.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having an illustrious reputation; respected
  • adjective exerting influence by reason of high status or prestige

Etymologies

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Attested since the 1540s; borrowing from Latin praestigiosus ("full of tricks"), praestigiae ("juggler's tricks"), possibly an alteration of praestringō ("to blindfold, to dazzle"), from prae- ("before") with stringō ("to bind or tie").

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